Jonathan Montepara started his training at the age of 7 in his hometown Orsogna,Italy. He joined the Rome Ballet School in 2016,and graduated in 2018. During the 2017/18 season he was chosen to create the Rome Ballet Junior Company where he performed the new neoclassical version of Coppélia by the choreographer Milena Zullo. He also performed in Switzerland Notti Bianche, a new choreography by his Russian teacher Alexandre Stepkine played by the famous pianist Vovka Ashkenazy. In the graduation show he performed the Adagio from Paquita. He trained with Alexandre Stepkine, Giulia Rossitto, Milena Zullo, Matteo Levaggi. He joined the 2018 PBS Summer Intensive where he received a full scholarship for the trainee program. This is his first season with ARB2.
Nina Yoshida was born in New York City and began her ballet training at the New Jersey School of Ballet at the age of 11. After attending the 2013 summer program at Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City, she was invited to study in the professional training program. Upon graduation in 2015 she joined the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Studio Company. During her time as a company dancer with Gelsey Kirkland Ballet her leading roles included Marie/Sugar Plum (Nutcracker), Who in Stealing Time, Lead Bacchanal (Walpurgisnacht), Eternal Spring Pas de Deux from Yakobson’s Rodin, and Maria in Calvary Halt. She also was featured as soloist in Don Quixote (Cupid) and Sleeping Beauty (Little Red Riding Hood). In addition, Nina was a guest artist with Benjamin Briones Ballet, a contemporary ballet company in New York City, and New Jersey Ballet during their 2017 Nutcracker season.
Kirara Fuse was born and raised in Japan where she began her training at Mie Hatanaka Ballet School. In 2016, she got scholarships for The Washington School of Ballet summer program at the Youth America Grand Prix in Japan and was accepted to Professional Training Program. In 2018, she joined PBS Summer Intensive and became a member of ARB2. This is her first season with ARB2.
Hallie Rumsey Lasersohn began her dance training at the age of 13 in Media Pennsylvania under the direction of Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy. She danced as an apprentice with International Ballet Classique for 3 years before joining Ballet Theatre of Maryland where her repertoire included Dying Swan, Paquita pas de deux, Arabian, and Marzipan lead from the Nutcracker. She has competed as a finalist in Youth America Grand Prix and attended Summer Intensives with The Academy of International Ballet, Kirov Ballet school, Joffrey Ballet School, and Koresh Dance Company. She danced as a trainee with American Repertory Ballet for one season before joining the second company.
Elisabeth White began dancing at the age of three in her hometown of Fresno, California. She trained under Carla Stallings-Lippert at the Severance Conservatory of Ballet. She was a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago for two years before coming to ARB. Her repertoire includes Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake, Giselle, Viva Vivaldi and Italian Suite by Gerald Arpino. As well as Swanhilda in PBS’s school production of Coppélia. Elisabeth was a trainee with the company for the 2017-18 season. This is her first year a member of ARB2.
Haley Wright was born and raised in Flemington, NJ. She began taking ballet classes at the age of four under the direction of Elaine Sutula. She continued her dance training at Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and later joined Princeton Ballet School in her sophomore year of high school. She has attended summer intensives with Mark Morris Dance Group, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Princeton Ballet School. Haley has just completed a year as a trainee with ARB. She has recently appeared as Swanhilda in Princeton Ballet School’s production of Coppelia, DouglasMartin’s Pride and Prejudice, Princess Florine in Princeton Ballet School’s Sleeping Beauty, and in Snow, Flowers, and Marzipan in ARB’sNutcracker.